I absolutely love introducing new Mod Podge formulas to you! Today I'm excited to share a really fun one you may not have heard of: Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge. This one is going to be a little bit hard to describe since the impressive part of this formula is the finish that you can't see that well through a computer screen – but I'll try my best.
You've heard of chalk paint I'm sure; it's very trendy right now. Chalk paint is used to create a “chalky” finish on the surface of an item. I don't mean chalkboard – because you can't write on it – but what chalk paint does have in common with chalkboard is that there is NO gloss to it at all (it's very flat). Also you know after you write on a chalkboard and then erase the chalk? There are slight variations in the chalkboard finish . . . it's not a consistent color. This is what chalk paint does. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is my paint of choice!
Chalk paint is typically used to create an aged look on a piece of furniture and it's easy to distress. But what I really LOVE about chalk paint is the smooth feel. Once you put your hands on a chalk painted piece, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
And this is where the Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge comes in! In my mind, this formula does two things:
- Provides an alternative to a wax on top of a chalk painted piece. You can decoupage paper or fabric onto something with chalk paint and you'll still get that distressed look that you want.
- Provides a smooth, chalky finish on ANY decoupage project. So let's say you just use basic acrylic paint on a piece and want to get the look of a chalk painted piece – this will do it.
The Ultra Matte Chalk can glue items down just as a regular formula, and then goes right over the top as any other formula. It is NOT tinted – the finish that it gives comes from how matte it is. It's a specialty formula so it does cost a little bit more than regular Gloss or Matte; however, as with any Mod Podge formula, a little goes a long way. It's definitely worth the cost if you want that beautiful, smooth finish. It's available online and at Michaels, Jo-Ann, and Hobby Lobby.
I'll say it one more time because I really mean it. You HAVE to see it in person and feel it to see how awesome it is. Once you do, you're going to be hooked. I promise! Now that I've told you all about it, here are some projects you should try that use it:
Now – what would you like to make with Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge?